Technology as an enabler in the social sector

There are hundreds of NGOs in India that are striving to make a measurable impact for the greater good. But running an NGO comes with a number of challenges – of which raising funds is a major one. Other issues linked to this are getting volunteers on board and maintaining a long-term relationship with them. Unfortunately, this sector has lacked substantial transparency, and not all NGOs are involved in serious work with large-scale impact. Technology has helped organisations take a step in the right direction and has enabled ease of…

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Best Travel Tips And Vacation Spots For 2019

The Polar Vortex this week was good for one thing: giving many of us incentive to ponder where we’d like to vacation to get away from the big chill. Soon! After spending two days at The New York Times Travel Show in New York City recently, I have some suggestions as well as ways to save money when you take a trip in 2019. Where to Go in 2019 “The world is on sale,” said Mark Murphy, president and CEO of Travalliance Media. “The dollar is strong against every foreign…

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The TV Host Being Paid To Travel To Mysterious Islands

Travel Channel host and journalist Kellee Edwards is often told she has the coolest job in the world.KELLEE EDWARDS. Describing herself as having the skillset of a Bond girl meets Laura Croft, Edwards is tasked with exploring the remote corners of the earth, uncovering unique cultural traditions and sharing stories of people in far flung places. From mountaineering to skydiving, there’s nothing off limits for Edwards. She has explored Indonesian caves with thousands of buried bodies and trekked to an Alaskan island with a population of 22 people. For an episode in South…

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Paytm Expands Its Travel Biz With Acquisition Of NightStay

Noida-headquartered digital payments company Paytm has strengthened its travel business with the acquisition of Noida-based last-minute hotel booking app, NightStay for an undisclosed amount. The confirmation of acquisition comes nearly six months after reports surfaced thatPaytm may acquire NightStay for $20 Mn (INR 142 Cr). After the acquisition, NightStay founder Nasr Khan will lead the hotel-booking services at Paytm. NightStay: Why It Aligns With Paytm? Founded by Nasr Khan in December 2014, NightStay offers hotels an open and flexible option to provide flash accessibility on its app. Hoteliers can make their…

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Bringing People And Technology Together Will Help Us Win The Cyber Battle

Not one day into 2019 and the year’s first data breach was reported by the Victoria Premier’s Department in Australia, and a couple of days letter a truck load of high-profile German politicians and other individuals found their personal data had been leaked on Twitter. Seven days into the New Year and I have no doubt cyber security professionals are already exhausted at the prospect of what the next 53 weeks of 2019 holds. Cyber security is frequently referred to as a ‘cat and mouse’ game and while it’s certainly…

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Tech travel tips to keep you sane and your devices charged

The Christmas and New Year holidays are behind us, but China and a couple of other countries in Asia are now gearing up for the Lunar New Year holiday. The Chinese New Year, or Tet in Vietnam, is the biggest holiday on the calendar over here. It triggers the largest human migration in the world as millions of Chinese working in the metropolises of Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other buzzing cities head back home to visit their families. I’ll be leaving town, too, which got me thinking about the…

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Train 18: Here’s how much it will cost you to travel on India’s fastest train

Train 18 will start its services soon and along with it, will herald a new generation of Indian trains. The much talked about Train 18 is expected to start services shortly after the Budget session.  But how much will a passenger have to shell out to travel on the indigenously-built fastest train in India? According to reports, Train 18 fares are likely to cost you 40-50 percent more than the Shatabdi Express. As mentioned in agency reports, the Executive Class fare is likely to cost around Rs 2,800-Rs 2,900, while…

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The application of space technology to solving problems on earth

Fitness trackers, satellite navigation and bathers which let you swim faster all owe their origins to the space program. NASA technology specialist Dr Christyl Johnson says there are many positive spinoffs from an investment in space. With Australia’s new space agency we also have an opportunity to get on board the mission to Mars. Recorded 24 July 2018 Hybrid World Adelaide Conference Speaker Dr Christyl Johnson Deputy Director Technology and Research Investments Goddard Space Flight Centre. [“source=abc.net.au”]

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Snow, ice and slippery travel to precede next round of Arctic air in midwestern US

Snow and ice will sweep through the midwestern United States into Wednesday ahead of the next blast of Arctic air poised to arrive late this week. The same storm that blanketed the interior West with a fresh round of snowfall to start the week is sweeping through the Central states. The storm produced blizzard conditions over the High Plains of Colorado during Monday night to Tuesday morning. A small home was blown over amid blizzard conditions in Cripple Creek, Colorado, the Cripple Creed Fire Department said on Facebook. One person and two…

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89 % Finance teams yet to embrace AI: Study

New Delhi – Finance teams lack the digital skillset to embrace the latest advancements in artificial intelligence, causing a negative impact on revenue growth, according to a new study from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) and Oracle. The study of more than 700 global finance leaders found that despite a clear correlation between the deployments of AIand revenue growth, 89 percent of organizations have not deployed AI in the finance function and only 10 percent of finance teams believe they have the skills to support the organization’s…

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